Dr. Ed Turose
Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. ~William Penn
Time. For the past 35 years, I have worked in management, sales and as a trainer with Fortune 500 companies. Even though most of these organizations offer time management courses, time still is a major concern that affects our personal lives as well as our productivity.
According to a Microsoft Survey, most people actually use 60% or less of available work time. When more than 38,000 people in 200 countries were queried about individual productivity, it showed that even though they were physically at work five days a week, they were only productively using three days.
What does the Bible say about time?
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:15-17 KJV)
In the context of this scripture, we are to redeem the time that we have. It means we are to make the most of every opportunity, turning each minute we have to the best advantage, since none can be recalled if missed.
The problem most of have is that time goes too fast! It seems like we want to accomplish specific things during the day or week and we get distracted or consumed in areas that waste our time. In order to overcome these distractions, we need to stay focused on what we want to accomplish with each given day and plan out the time it will take to accomplish our goals or objectives.
Let’s begin by defining what the word focus means and how to incorporate it into three areas of your life. Focus is described as the point of concentration of attention or energy directed on a common objective. It means to apply one’s self or to apply your mind on something. I am going to deal with overcoming distractions in this series, but I believe there are three areas that we must focus on to be more productive and achieve greater results.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. ~Benjamin Franklin
Invest your time in three key areas of life.
Kingdom Time - this is time spent building up your spirit man so that you can overcome the daily challenges in life. Since we live and operate in the Kingdom of God, there will be challenges within the world system that operate around you but not in you. The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear? Proverbs 18.14 AMP.
So how are we going to build up our spirit man to overcome these challenges? There are specific things as a believer you need to be doing every day such as spending quality, intimate time with your Father God, reading and studying your Bible, praying and having fellowship with like- minded people of precious faith. By committing to put Jesus first place, you will find that everything else will then come into its proper place.
For over 30 years I have confessed and mediated on the 7 fold Spirit that Jesus operated in according to Isaiah 11.2-3 KJV And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; 3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord. The number one key to time management is time spent focusing on King Jesus. The Apostle Paul says in 2 Timothy 2.1 So you, my son, be strong (strengthened inwardly) in the grace (spiritual blessing) that is [to be found only] in Christ Jesus. He continues in verse 7 to explain the results of this investment: redeeming your time by daily spending the time to grow your spirit. Think over these things I am saying [understand them and grasp their application], for the Lord will grant you full insight and understanding in everything.
As your spirit or inward man begins to grow by spending time with God, then insight (the power or act of seeing into a situation) along with wisdom, knowledge and understanding will follow so you can be most productive in your time management.
Family Time – the new buzz word is work-life balance which according to Wikipedia is a concept including proper prioritizing between "work" (career and ambition) and "lifestyle" (health, pleasure, and leisure, family). Your family time is important to God! God is raising up a family that will have influence in all areas of society. He needs your family to be in order and for you and your children to fulfill their destinies! I remember over 25 years ago I would come home from being on the road and rush downstairs to my office to get more work done. I heard the Lord speak to me and He said, “The work will never be done and will go on past your tenure with this company, but your children will be grown up soon, so invest your time wisely in being a good father and husband.” I quickly changed my behavior and focused on my children by playing, praying and pursuing the anointing upon their lives, which resulted in them serving God, along with my grandchildren. This investment of time is producing my legacy of generations that are serving God. Choose to spend quality time with your family. For singles, it is critical to build and develop relationships through your local church.
Profession Time – your work is important, but it comes in behind the Kingdom and Family time investments. If you spend time focusing on Jesus, then you will accomplish more in this area that tends to consume most of your time. That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Colossians 1.10 My profession as a businessman is my ministry. People are hurting and we need to gain a greater sensitivity in this area when we go to work by living for Him every day. I hear many people complain about their job when God intends to use them there in their workplace to advance His Kingdom. There have been many business situations when I have spent time in God’s presence and His wisdom provided for me solutions to a specific problem that redeemed the time wasted in trying to find an answer. He gave me the answer to implement in my business.
I want to encourage you redeem your time by making the most of every second by placing Jesus and His Kingdom first so that everything will fall into order so that you can be all the God has called you to be for His purpose.
What are some of the ways you are managing your time? What's working what isn't? Leave your comments below.